NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday called on Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis to “come clean” to the Bahamian people on the arrangement for Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Delon Brennen to lead The Bahamas’ border control while residing outside of the country.
“It truly does not make sense,” Davis told Eyewitness News.
“You’re talking about your deputy chief medical officer in charge of border control; border control is a matter for customs and immigration I thought.
“What would Dr Brennen be doing in relation to border control? The facts of the matter, from what he had to say, it is clear that Dr Brennen has relocated to Washington.
“He was not deployed in the foreign services to be in Washington. This is just a cover-up.
“The answer seems to be a cover-up for the true position as to what it is.”
Davis continued: “The government ought to come clean. It seems to be a waste of resources to have that resource working virtually from a foreign country at the level that is required particularly in the circumstances we find ourselves in with a pandemic out of control.
“Why would you have your deputy chief medical officer working virtually from abroad?
“From what he (the prime minister) said it appears that he’s gone there to be with his family, and that suggests to be permanently and not temporarily. It all seems to be a vail to conceal the true facts.”
Outside of the Churchill Building yesterday, Minnis said he wished to dispel rumors that Brennen had left The Bahamas and no longer worked with the Ministry of Health.
He said Brennen continues “leading the charge” on border control, and has been working remotely from Maryland, Washington, to be with his family.
The prime minister said if it becomes necessary at any point in time for Brennen to come to New Providence, the deputy chief medical officer will return to the country.
“There are rumors on social media and other media entities that Delon Brennen is not here in New Providence, that he has moved,” Minnis said.
“It is true Delon Brennen is still employed with the ministry.
“He is deputy chief medical officer. He has relocated [to] join his family.
“His family lives in Maryland and Delon is stationed at the Washington, DC, office, the embassy.
“He works virtually every day, by the ministry.
“As a government and as a people, we would want to encourage families to be together.”